Unions mobilizing to defeat Hudak, Tories: Sid Ryan

Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan. (QMI Agency)

Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan. (QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

TORONTO - The battle between Ontario’s largest labour unions and the Progressive Conservative party appears to be heating up ahead of a potential spring election.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), which represents 54 unions across the province, will be mounting a 20-to-30 city tour to discuss the implications of PC Leader Tim Hudak’s policies on the middle class. OFL president Sid Ryan said those policies include the elimination of mandatory payment of dues by union members.

“(Hudak’s) made his plans very clear — he basically wants to eliminate the labour movement in Ontario,” Ryan said Monday.

Ryan will embark on the tour starting with a stop in Oshawa on Feb. 27. The sessions are targeting union leaders and stewards in a bid to mobilize against Hudak and the Tories. Getting those leaders to rally their members could spell defeat for the PC Party, as it did in the Niagara Falls byelection last week, he said.


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